DIRECTION & DEVELOPMENT
Delegation of work is a perk of upper management. In the
Indian culture, it is seen as a fringe benefit of sorts. Many, if
not nearly all Indian workers, jump at the chance to prove themselves.
Work, not to mention a steady paycheck, is so valuable in India, that any
chance to prove one's worth is a sought after opportunity. Keeping
this in mind, there is never a lack of volunteers to help "the boss" with
his or her next big project. The chance for an employee to forge
a bright new career is always in the mind of the Indian employee, and this
is never forgotten by upper management. Whether one considers this
taking advantage of lower-ranking employees, or affording them an opportunity,
there is never a lack of volunteers.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT CLIMATE
The political structure of the Republic of India is sound, but
numerous militant and/or religious organizations openly protest the current
regime. While none of these activist groups have made attempts to
go any further than protesting, the fact that India is now a "Nuclear State"
has made the world keep aware of the political issues there. India's
foreign policy is currently shifting. While it was neautral if not
friendly to much of the world, recent military and cultural clashes with
neighboring nation shave strained some international relations. Also,
the culmination of years-long research has produced a nuclear state for
India, and it has recently been recognized as an international nuclear
International financing remained strong through the 2000 fiscal
year. Growth in manufacturing slowed shortly thereafter, and trade
sanctions due to nuclear testing further slowed economic groth. While
economic growth has slowed considerably, traditional family farming and
handicrafts drive the local economies of this nation. More than a
third of the population is too poor for a healthy diet, and thus too poor
to buy any good(s) to be of any real significance.
ROLE OF WOMEN
Women in India tend to take a more traditional role of housewife.
While some Indian women are strong leaders in both the business and political
arenas, the vast majority of women find their jobs in the home, caring
for the children and making sure homelife stays calm and prepared for her
To reiterate a point made earlier, competition is the driving force
behind the hard-working, loyal Indian employee base. Without the
competition for the jobs afforded those who work hard enough, or are simply
lucky enough, to hold them, the Indian business culture would look quite
different. Competition drives workers to work harder, and to give
up more of their time for the company. Upper management realizes
this, but they do not blatantly take advantage of the situation.
Religious issues, such as kharma, weigh heavily on the Indian mind, and
treating others with respect in the workplace is an unspoken law.
While the literacy rate is atrocious by American standards, the
separation of educated and uneducated Indians is very clear. Attending
a University is very rare for Indians, and such individuals are usually
politically connected through immediate or even distant relatives.
Due to this rarity of quality employees, their work is highly sought after
and very well-compensated for.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Not much time or money is devoted to training and development.
What resources are devoted to this are usually spent on those employees
who have political or familial relations that force the employer to hire
those rare individuals. For the masses, very little resources are
spent. It is a very Darwinian work culture in that regard.
As it was stated by an Indian citizen, "Learn or leave."
0-10% of the labor force is unionized in India.